Akpabio emerges Senate Minority Leader


Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday announced former governor of Akwa Ibom state and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, senator, Godwsill Akpabio, as the Senate Minority Leader.

Akpabio was nominated by the south-south caucus of the PDP in the senate.

Saraki read a letter at plenary today which was submitted by the PDP caucus in the Senate which listed the names of the remaining principal officers in the Senate.

Senator Emmanuel Bwacha was named Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Philip Aduda named as Minority Whip while Senator Bioudun Olujimi is Deputy Minority Whip.

Senator Kabiru Marafa, however, raised a point of order alerting the Senate that the nomination of Senator Godswill Akpabio violated the Senate rules on ranking.

But Saraki ruled Senator Marafa out of order, after the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu explained that the constitution allows every lawmaker, irrespective of ranking, to aspire for the seats of principal officers.

The senators thereafter passed a vote of confidence on the principal officers of the upper legislative chamber.



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